My wife and I were born and raised in North Carolina. We are from Western North Carolina and have been happily married for six years. We both have grown children and grandchildren from previous marriages. We lived in Aiken, SC for the first part of our marriage and were quite content there until one of our children and his family moved to Sullivan’s Island. Not long after that we decided to move to the Charleston area. One day, while looking at property in Charleston County, my wife looked at me and said, “I want to live on Sullivan’s Island.” I said, “Thank you. I do to.” From then on we were committed and knew it was the right decision for us.
I became familiar with Sullivan’s Island during my Naval career, and have many fond memories of personal visits to the Island when time permitted during the 70s and 80s. Everything was different then, such as the drive over the Cooper River Bridge. What an adventure. I mostly enjoyed the beaches, the family atmosphere and learning the history of the Island. In 2007 we purchased the home that belonged to the late Lukie Lucas and began the building process. We have lived in our home almost three years. Nowadays someone will say, ”Where do you live?” and I respond, “The old Lukie Lucas home site.” With the possible exception of two people I’m told, ”I know right where it is.” When we committed and made the decision to buy, we really didn’t know if time or nature had affected the specialness of SI as I had known it. It hadn’t. We love it.
My education includes a BS Degree from Campbell University and a MA Degree from Western North Carolina University in Public Affairs. I entered the US Navy after college and attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida. After graduation, my first assignment was to a Light Attack Helicopter Squadron in Viet-Nam. After active duty I entered the Naval Reserves. Significant duty in the reserves included: Seven years with the “Seabees,” a Construction Battalion. Our year around training involved projects requested by local and state government agencies. I retired as a Captain from the Navy. I began work as a field agent in the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and did not reach a management position for several years. As a manager, I was responsible for the planning and construction of two field offices and one state of the arts crime laboratory. It is important to note I could not have accomplished these projects alone. We worked as a team to accomplish our goals and stayed within budget. I retired as an Assistant Director from the Bureau.
Sullivan’ Island has assets. Mainly, its citizens with a range of expertise and experience that is humbling. Many have served or are in a service capacity for the town now. Most are well informed and all have opinions for the town’s direction. Another major asset would be the experienced town employees and their daily contributions.
As we face known and unknown issues the next four years I would appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Town Council as a representative for each and every citizen of Sullivan’s Island. What success I have had in the past is due in a large part to learning to listen and including others in decisions.